Sainte Maure de Touraine Cheese

September 16, 2012 1 Comment

Sainte Maure Touraine cheese

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Hey, There’s A Stick In The Middle Of My Cheese!

The first time I tried cutting into this cheese, I noticed a stick in the middle of it. It looked like a cheese Popsicle. It turned out to be a straw and not a stick and is used to help the cheese form during the aging process.

This log-shaped goat cheese is from an area in France called the Touraine in the Loire Valley. It is said to have been invented during Arab invasions in the Carolingian period (8th and 9th centuries), when goat breeding was first introduced in the Touraine region.

What makes this cheese unique is that it is an aged goat milk cheese or chevre. Most of us are more familiar with fresh goat milk cheese logs that are soft and spreadable but this version is a bit harder and less spreadable because of its aging.

What’s In a Name

Sainte-Maure de Touraine is often called just Sainte Maure. It gets a little confusing here because there are other cheeses also called Sainte Maure like Sainte Maure Caprifeuille but according to French law, there is only one legal Sainte Maure de Touraine because it is now designated as an AOC (Controlled Name of Origin) cheese.


With the aging comes more complex flavors that can be rather pronounced. The cheese has a walnut aroma and a slightly salty but nutty taste. Sainte Maure can sometimes be runny around the edges and will have a nutty but slightly tart flavor.

It’s made from goats milk (45% fat) and is soft with a natural rind. The rind should be thin, smooth with a blue-gray molding.

Our Sainte-Maure was coated with a wood ash and tasted smooth and rich. I’ve been eating it plain but have also added it to my mixed greens salads.

It comes in 8 ounce logs and if you can’t find any at your local gourmet market, try finding a good cheese shop or check out my on line sources below. I highly recommend them for all your hard to find cheeses.

Wines That Go With Sainte Maure

Chinon rouge – Dry White Vouvray – Sauvignon Blanc


Buying cheese online

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I strongly urge you to find a good cheese shop near you so you can get to know your cheesemongers and they get to know you. However, if you don't have a good local cheese shop or they don't have some of the cheeses I recommend, here are some online sources for you. Be careful to buy the best product you can afford so you don't end up with an inferior product. The links below are affiliate links.
Di Bruno Bros Gourmet Cheeses & Meats
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  1. georg maag says:

    It’s not unique at all in the Loire-valley and Tourraine. There are hundreds of goat-cheese variations, some very famous (la couronne lochoise, le crottin de Chavignol, le Valencai, le Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, le Selles-sur-Cher, just to name some, most in very particular shapes), other just locally known.

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